Norman Tucker


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(b Wembley, 1910; d Ruislip, 1978).

Eng. pianist, opera administrator, and translator. Promising career as Mozart pianist cut short by manual disability. Co‐dir., SW Th., 1947–54, dir. 1954–66. Under his aegis Janáček operas were brought into the Eng. repertory and (at that time) rare Verdi operas such as Simon Boccanegra(f. Brit. p. 1948), Don Carlos, and Luisa Miller. Nurtured Eng. singers such as Peter Glossop and Amy Shuard and conds. Colin Davis, Charles Mackerras, and Alexander Gibson. Trans. Simon Boccanegra, Luisa Miller, Káťa Kabanová, Excursions of Mr Brouček, Visit of the Old Lady, and other works. CBE 1956.

Subjects: Music.

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